Teach your kids to multiply using fingers.

Cristina - posted on 09/04/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Usually school doesn't teach technique and tips in Math, they usually go for the traditional out-of-the-book teaching. My kids are having a hard time in Math that I passed them the tricks my dad taught me 23 years ago--this is multiplying by fingers. Here's the link:



http://sassymomonthego.hubpages.com/hub/...

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Cristina - posted on 09/12/2012

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I agree with you that this trick is for single digit only, but so is memorizing the table--0-9, right? I hope you don't mean to memorize 122 x 134, 'cause even I can't and won't do it. And I am sure this trick won't affect his multiplication ability later on because clearly he would know how to multiply, but in memorizing, there's a chance that he may forget a thing or two.



But as I've said, parents have different choices when it comes to their kids learning style. I remember one parent told me the tricks the Kumon School taught their kids. So, why not this?



But still thanks for your insight =)

Denikka - posted on 09/12/2012

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There was a trick like this that one of my teachers attempted to teach the class when I was in elementary school. Grade 4 or 5 I believe.

I hated it XP It always just seemed so complicated and pointless to me. But that was me.

I did know some kids who struggled with multiplication and found that these tricks worked for them. But all of them had problems later on, especially when it came to multiplying multiple digits.



I personally think that as a temporary measure, stuff like this can be very helpful. But I believe that the kids should still work on memorizing the basic multiplication table. Tricks should be a band-aid fix, not a permanent measure. :)

Cristina - posted on 09/11/2012

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My eight year old kid can't memorize the multiplication table, hence, the tricks. Each kids has unique learning abilities and not all 8 year old kids have the same comprehension level and abilities. Good for you if your kids can do it, but if my kid can't I am here to help make it easy for them.

Queen - posted on 09/11/2012

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do not use gimmicks! your child will need to be able to recite them from memory.

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